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Liver function tests
Liver function tests


Liver function tests

Definition:

Common tests that are used to evaluate how well the liver is working (liver function) include:

Please see individual tests for details on how each is performed.



Alternative Names:

LFT



How the test is performed:



How to prepare for the test:



How the test will feel:



Why the test is performed:



Normal Values:



What abnormal results mean:



What the risks are:



Special considerations:



References:

Pincus MR, Abraham NZ. Interpreting laboratory results. In: McPherson RA, Pincus MR, eds. Henry's Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods. 21st ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2006:chap 8.

Pincus MR, Tierno P, Dufour DR. Evaluation of liver function. In: McPherson RA, Pincus MR, eds. Henry's Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods. 21st ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2006:chap 21.




Review Date: 10/30/2010
Reviewed By: Linda Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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